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JOO—OO—OO ALL FOR ADC 980 688 253 JMALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAD AVE SHELTON, WA 9858443847 Sining up for their shot ' Irear [mass ' mum, . (a up ag' $5 Mast-see in The Star A heart-felt'thanks.............Page Students-of theimonth .....Page 6 Ditch the dip ........................Page 7 ‘ A new stylist ......................Page 9 St. John buSineSs ...........Page 10 February 1, 2021 Volume 134 w Number 14 Two Sections —»$1 Rolia, North Dakota 58367 Officials from Rolette County Public Health continued to vaCCinate residents last week for COVID-19.‘Just last Thursday alone a total of 306 doses were administered. Everyone who is vaccinated waits for 15 minutes to see if there are any side effects and then schedules their appointment for a required second dose. Additional clinics are scheduled in the upcom- ing weeks. Belcourt teen earns state-wide honoricrwriting By Jason Nordmark , Of The Star More than'a few people think Julian Wallette’s work is out of this world. Wallette, a senior at Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt, was the recip- ient of a Gold Key award in the category of science fiction/fantasy from the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State Uni- versity and Plains Art Museum. As a result, Wallette’s work was forwarded to New York City for national judging. In addition, his writing will be on display at the Plains Art Museum’s Starion Gallery from February 2 through March 15. Wallette said his love of sci- ence fiction and fantasy stories” goes back to his Childhood. He said the subject allows for a wide Variety of story lines. “In sci-fiction/fantasy, you can have romance, action, comedy, politics, engineering, philosophy, ‘ Julian Wallette all with dragons, magic, time travel, mechanical robots, or maybe some big nose, beady eyed, small, big—headed goblin from the region of darkness. Why not?” Wallette said. “The world is yours.” Wallette said reading sci—fi books and watching movies in the Minitseiirrérranrrartttittt’?'; ’ ‘ fifii'navg r95; .mance, action, comedy? 'engi? neering, philosophy, all with dragons, magic, time traVel, mechanical robots; or maybe some big nose,fbeady.-eyed, small, big-headed goblin from the region ,7 of darkness. Why not? The world is yours.” Julian Wallette, winner of the Gold Key award genre encouraged him to try writ- ing his own stories. The decision to share them was his way of of- fering others a similar form of en- joyment. “I wanted to give people that same escape I had when reading books,” Wallette said. Getting started wasn’t easy, however, and Wallette said it took some experimenting with graphic novels, writing and drawing his ideas. He said that became “too time consuming” although he re- mains committed to the artistic side. “I still try to sketch because I believe that drawing and writing in terms of storytelling intertwine in some ways,” Wallette said. The project which won Wal- lette the Gold Key award is called “Alterfia.” According to the au- thor', it’s about a man who has been through a lot of hardships Award Winner (Continued on Page 8) Excavating business inRoIIa changes hands By Jason Nordmark Of The Star After four decades of excavating, Brian Gattke has just two years left and he’s happy about that. Gattke’s large shop on the east end of town is full of equipment except for some room on one side where offices are being built. All of it, along with the trucks and tra’ctors outside were sold on December 31, 2020, to Ryan Skoog in a joint venture with Mikkelson Aggregates of Bottineau. “I started all this when I was 23 years old,” Gattke said. He went into business with his fa- ther—in-law, Orville Sutton, “a real character,” according to Brian. In 1990, Gattke bought out Sutton and five years later he moved all his equipment to a farm outside of Rolla. In 2015, the business moved to its current spot with the thought that . ' someday it would improve the chance to even- tually sell it. . more business. “I got a lot of work from the city, digging 0 water lines and things like that,” Gattke 1. “I also got more work from farmers, who , ’t know I did this for a living, too. It’s been ' good run?” asiness ' “Turned out it worked,” Gattke said. He “ added that the move into town resulted in a lot Vse of all the work, Gattke said not get—, i it accomplished served as a sort of I get done with everything each 1. “There Were always one or two .v,...,,... 55,..sq.i,r,,.,wuh-,.-g,.,u . r5 ». ,. , ~..-.. : Brian Gattke recently sold his excavating business after 40 years of work. i ’ by.“ . 5.“...- a A. ninja-#923;Rest-[Dvflit—ummmq‘bgfl‘.2&3 «a. 0,. tray awaxmgomnnq..-uwn T-AO‘" when; a" u By John Rosinski Of The Star The Rolette County Sheriff’s Department re- sponded to hundreds of calls for service last year with offenses ranging from breaking and entering to prostitution. The department never received fewer than 178 calls in a month and topped out with 722 calls over a 31-day stretch in August, which translates into more than 23 calls per day. The total offenses, as re— ported by the sheriff’s de- partment, show consistent ‘ requests for law enforce— ment around the county. Behind all the numbers are also personal stories in- volving families dealing with losing thousands and thousands of dollars worth of personal property. tober, erators . I 2; CHEVROLET as Theel Motors. One such instance in- volved Shanon and Deb MetCalfe. The Metcalfe’s live on a farm north of Dunseith. They have two yards that are separated by about 50 feet. In early Oc- criminals through a chain, drove into their yard, broke into their shop and stole over $8,000 worth of property. Some of the stolen items included Welders, torchers and gen- Making matters even more concernng was the brazenness of the perpetra- tors. Deb said they were Crlme calling County law enforcement receives more than 5,000 requests for service Rolette County Sheriff Nathan Gustafs'cm has cited increased drug 'useas the biggest reason for the uptick in theft. home at the time and esti— mated it took place around four in the morning. “They drove in and used their vehicles,” Deb said. “We’ve had a few issues like stolen gas or diesel in the past but never any property.” Deb surmised the crim- inals were spooked by their dog because they left some items, including a flash— light and cigarettes behind. Deb added they returned the next night but did not cut Crime (Continued on Page 10) MOTOR (CO. 301ch The new nameplate Munro Motor-company of Rolla, formerly known Anchor business brings By Jason Nordmark Of The Star Changing the name of an anchor busi- ness in the community isn’t something Josh Munro took lightly. In the end, however, it made sense. “We wanted to make sure the commu- nity knows who’s going to be here for the next generation,” Munro said. “‘People need to know that myself and my wife are fully committed to the area.” In 2018, Josh and Jenee Munro pur- chased Theel Motors, four years after re— turning to Rolla and partnering with Lowell and Loie Tupa. At the beginning of this year, Josh and Jenee decided to change the name of the dealership to Munro Motor Company, the original name of the dealership founded by Josh’s great—grandfather John Munro in 1909. Josh said the switchover will not only eliminate confusion, but also pairs well with history. “I just makes sense,” Josh said. “There’s a rich history here and the fact that the new name echoes the one first cho- sen by my great-grandfather just seals the deal.” In Rolette County’s history, the Munro name looms large in more than just cars. John Munro arrived in Rolla in 1888, the year the city was founded, and became a pioneer businessman involved in every- thing from providing electricity to selling cars. Included in the man’s endeavors were the original movie theater, a farm imple- ment company and an oil company. He was also a part owner of the city’s first- ever hardware store founded in 1888. John’s son and Josh’s grandfather, Al- bert, managed the theater, oil company and ' implement business. Josh’s uncles, WJ. and Charlie Munro, managed the Munro Motor Company which became one of the first Chevrolet dealerships in North Dakota. It marked the Name Change (Continued on Page 2) v A »._, mu» “m, . m«r.-....w.v. we“... r, .. A. baCk historic name to area Above: Jenee and Josh Munro, owners of Munro Motor Company, formerly Theel Motors. Below: Loie and Lowell Tupa have been a part of Theel Motors for the past 41 years.